Thursday, October 4, 2012

Voting While Transgender (VIDEO)

We got this important information from GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) in partnership The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) have released a series of PSA’s outlining how transgender Americans can keep their right to vote this election day. This is a crucial issue according to The Williams Institute at UCLA as many as than 25,000 transgender people could lose their right to vote as a result of revised photo ID laws. The PSA's, feature NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling, writer & advocate Janet Mock, actress Laverne Cox, performance artist Ignacio Rivera, Charles Meins & poet Kit Yan, is part of a nationwide "Voting While Trans" campaign to raise public awareness about the impact new strict-photo ID laws will have on thousands of transgender Americans this November. Mara Keisling NCTE Executive Director stated, “New voter ID laws have created costly barriers to voting for many trans people. And much worse, the debate about voter ID laws have made even the idea of voting harder so many of us may feel discouraged from even trying to vote on election day. Our message is don't let them scare you into giving up your vote." GLAAD & NCTE urge transgender people to verify whether their voter registration information matches the name & address on their identification & to consult NCTE’s “Voting While Trans” resources to find out how to protect their rights at the polling place. While it is not required in order to vote, transgender people who are able to update their photo ID are encouraged to do so. For More Info: votingwhiletrans.org
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